Ross: Obamacare is here to stay, no matter what we end up calling it
Some voters are very worried that putting Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court would guarantee that President Trump gets his wish to kill Obamacare once and for all.
It’s true, things wouldn’t look good for the Affordable Care Act. But what you should know is that things actually look very good for key parts of it.
“I think a lot of the Affordable Care Act is now baked into the system,” Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt told NBC’s Meet the Press recently.
Sen. Blunt originally voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and would be happy to see it ruled unconstitutional – but listen to what he said the other day:
“Keeping people on their parents insurance until they’re 26, sure don’t see that being reversed; I don’t see pre-existing conditions being protected being reversed,” he noted.
Not to scare you, but that means all of us would have to have some kind of insurance. Now, Republicans won’t call it Obamacare. They would re-brand it, like prunes were re-branded as “dried plums” a few years ago.
But politicians can’t afford to kill it off completely because when pollsters talk to voters, they find most voters really hate the idea of being bankrupted by a serious illness. And there’s been a LOT of serious illness lately.
So Obamacare is baked in – except for the name. If Biden wins, it’ll be called Obamacare; if Trump wins it will be called the Big Beautiful Health Plan Thought Up By Your Favorite President.
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